George Ryan’s letter home dated 25 Feb 1915
25 Feb 1915
Dear M & F,
Thanks for your letter dated Jan 28th. I received the Text Book from Mr Ayerst by the same mail.
I note that you’ve sold a pair of my shoes.
I think we are going to Jaffapore in a day or two’s time to do our firing. It’s 2 or 3 miles from here. I expect we shall be there 2 or 3 weeks. We shall live under canvas. I’m not looking forward to it; it will be very hot out on the range, & the light is so strong, very trying to the eyes.
I went to Calcutta yesterday afternoon with C.A.S. We had a nice time except that it was rather short. You want a week there really to see the place properly, only of course, you want the “brass” & that’s the stuff we don’t see much of out here. What little we do get, nearly all goes on grub – suppers, jam etc. By the way jam is 8d a 1lb tin, marmalade 7½ d.
Calcutta seemed a little bit like home, electric trams, motor cars etc but the majority of the population is black. We went to a music hall in the evening, but we only saw pictures. I suppose they only have variety turns now & again. The house was practically empty. We got a rupee seat half price – 8d. we got back to Barracks just after 11.0.
They are still sticking to the rumour that we are leaving India next month. In fact they say now that Kitchener stated in Parliament that all T. were to be withdrawn from India. But of course you’ll know more about that than we do; you get more reliable news. If we are going to move we ought to have been told officially by now.
Hoping you are all well,
Love to all,
I suppose you see Cousin Ellen now & again & tell her all the news. I have not written to her since we landed.